1441 Sansom Street | Philadelphia, PA 19102 | 215-568-3190
  Attorney  
  Attorney, Child Advocacy  
  Summer Law Intern  
  Social Worker  
  Paralegal  
  Administrative Worker  
  Investigator  
       
 
 

Adult Social Worker
The position involves assessment, service procurement and case management of an individual caseload of approximately 100 clients who are defendants in pending criminal litigations. The candidate selected will testify in adult criminal proceedings and/or write recommendations to be used in court proceedings and should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.

The work provides active involvement with clients throughout the legal process, which includes consultations with attorneys, judges, psychiatrists, probation officers, treatment agencies, family and other support systems (beginning some time shortly after a client's arrest and ending at the point of disposition). Apply Now »

Child Advocate Social Worker (Dependent)
The position involves assessment, service procurement and case management of an individual caseload of approximately 125 clients who are involved in pending dependent litigations. The candidate will conduct home and agency visits, testify in dependent court proceedings and write recommendations to be used in court proceedings and should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.

The work provides active involvement with clients throughout the legal process, which includes consultations with attorneys, therapists, Department of Human Services (DHS) social workers, placement agencies, family and other support systems (beginning some time shortly after the Child Advocacy Unit's appointment and ending at the point of discharge from dependency court). Apply Now »

Juvenile Social Worker
This position involves assessment, service procurement and case management of an individual caseload of approximately 60 juvenile clients charged with juvenile offenses. The candidate selected will testify in juvenile criminal proceedings and/or write recommendations to be used in court proceedings and should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Candidates must be willing to travel to in-state and out-of-state juvenile placement facilities to conduct client interviews and participate in teleconference hearings.

The work provides active involvement with clients throughout the legal process, which includes consultations with attorneys, judges, psychiatrists, psychologists, probation officers, educators, treatment personnel and family members. Apply Now »

Juvenile Special Defense Social Worker
The major role of a Juvenile Special Defense Unit (JSDU) social worker is to assist the assigned attorney in getting Direct File Juvenile Cases (which originate in adult court) "decertified"--i.e. transferred to juvenile court. To prepare for the decertification hearing the social worker must obtain a detailed client history in order to do a social assessment. He/she then prepares a psycho-social summary which, together with all relevant records and police reports, is sent to a consulting forensic psychologist hired to test and evaluate the client's treatment needs and amenability to rehabilitation in the juvenile court. Once the expert's report is received, the assigned social worker is responsible for referring the client to appropriate program(s) in the juvenile system, so that an alternative to adult incarceration can be provided to the court at the decertification hearing.

In those cases, which remain in the adult system for disposition, the social worker's advocacy role continues until the case is resolved. Often, the social worker's reports and input are utilized for sentence mitigation.

Since JSDU features vertical representation, the social worker must work closely with the same assigned attorney from case inception to conclusion. While the caseload is somewhat smaller than in other units, each case requires much work. And, since the entire process, from arrest through decertification hearing, usually takes between four to six months, the social worker is able to develop in-depth understanding of his/her client's background and treatment needs.

The JSDU social worker position is thus unique in that it allows for interfacing with both the juvenile and the adult court systems. Apply Now »

Mitigation Specialist
Individuals who are interested and would like to be considered for this position must have excellent oral and written communication skills and a solid foundation in interviewing and psycho-social assessment. A successful candidate is expected to have a working knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and be able to interact with professionals using DSM terminology. A large part of the position will include identifying and interviewing significant social informants, preparing reliable client social histories and developing themes for mitigation based on a client's psycho-social development. The Mitigation Specialist should be able to conduct interviews in prisons, in the office and in the community, based on the schedules of interviewees, which could necessitate conducting interviews during the evening or on weekends.

Applicants must be proficient in relationship building and working as part of an interdisciplinary team, as the position will require developing positive and sustaining relationships with clients and their families, as well as, working with a team of lawyers, investigators and other experts. A successful candidate will possess a good understanding of the Homicide Statute (18 PA CS §2501-2504 and 42 PA CS §9711). Apply Now »

 
   
Home   |   Contact Us   |   Links   |   Sitemap   |   Disclaimer   |   Privacy Policy   |   Log-in
© 2018 Defender Association of Philadelphia. All rights reserved.   |   Site by LISI